Nice old guy got it without the sheath. Prices on the net are all over the place for the Crimean War Pioneer swords. Repros are around $125 and originals are $350 and way up (+$1,000 for some reason). Luckily the repros aren't marked like the range of these that are supposed to be authentic.
September 14, 2013, 07:01 PM
More of a tool than a weapon. A number of them were brought back from the Crimean War. The fading stamp appears to be П.Г. for quality inspection.
September 14, 2013, 11:16 PM
Any unit markings visible?
September 15, 2013, 07:03 AM
Can't tell, sorry. Chances are the uniform code did not exist, yet.
September 15, 2013, 03:39 PM
Nice sword! maybe Stephan Fowler will be up to his interpretation of one of those next for me.:D
September 16, 2013, 04:39 PM
The markings on the brass hilt are Roman letters, not Cyrillic - maybe some type of import mark? The markings on the blade are Cyrillic: П. Г. (P. G.) and МА...ТО (same as Roman letters)
September 17, 2013, 11:34 PM
The AG on the hilt was a trade mark of Abraham Grah. Several members of the Grah family from Zolingen, Germany worked at the edged weapons armory in Russia.
September 18, 2013, 01:58 PM
Thanks everyone for the info.
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